Thursday, April 18, 2013

Throwback Thursday: My Very Favourite Beatles Song

There are a few handfuls of special songs that, no matter how often you play them, it feels impossible to grow tired of the sounds or words. Whatever the variation, this song is absolutely one of those.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge Beatles aficionado. I like them, I understand every bit of their appeal and I truly believe they deserve their notorious place in music history. Because of the path they paved, the music I love exists. That being said, unlike a number of other bands from that generation and influential era in rock music - I don't have stacks of Beatles records lying around and I can't rhyme off the extent of their discography. I know the biggies, I love the biggies, I love the solo efforts and when I discover a previously undiscovered (by me) gem of theirs - I'm so, so thrilled.

This psychedelic classic, however, I know very well. Written and led by John Lennon, "Across The Universe" is without a doubt one of the most profound songs ever written. Whether the obvious meditative influences (fragments of Sanskrit phrases, sitar and tambura pangs) or the cosmic, poetic lyrics, "Across The Universe" is the epitome of timeless beauty.

Aside from the famous "nothing's going to change my world" chorus line, the song holds another lyric so powerful it can stop me in my tracks ("Limitless, undying love which shines before me like a million suns, it calls me on and on, across the universe"), and, almost every time I play the song, I rewind and listen to again.

Happy Thursday! Here are three versions of the song (Rufus' gets me every time).

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